Recently, the Oregon Live website picked up our interview with Tammy Strobel about her tiny house in Portland. A commenter, Donald Beams, takes issue with Tammy’s declaration that tiny houses in the city of Portland need to be deemed “cute,” asserting instead that a mobile home his company builds will stack up any day to the “Cuteness” of the tiny house movement.
There are times in his argument that I am uncertain whether his main point is that more people should consider rural settings for their tiny homes to avoid zoning enforcement or whether they should consider mobile homes before they decide to build a tiny house at all.
“Rural living itself, which eliminates most of the zoning hassles enumerated in the article. With your own (shared?) well, septic system, and solar electric system you can break or ameliorate dependence (and a burden) on both utility companies and municipal services, which are going up in price at the same time their dependability is coming into question.”
I don’t disagree with his primary point. I myself chose to live in a rural setting so I could enjoy the Smokey Mountains. However, not every tiny house builder wants to live in the mountains, or any other rural setting. Some people build tiny houses and want to live in the city.
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